Star student's university place revoked because she is disabled

A star student in China had her university admission revoked because she was disabled.
A star student in China had her university admission revoked because she had "failed to meet the physical fitness test," said the admission office.

A star student from Fujiang had her university admission revoked because she was disabled, reported local media.

Liu Wanling said that the reason given by her university was that she had "failed to meet the physical fitness test," reported CCTV News.

The student, Liu Wanling, said she had received a phone call from Jiangxia College's Admission Office asking her if she was agreeable to transfer to another comparatively less popular major.

She agreed but her admission was revoked soon after.

Revoked after serious evaluation: Admin office

The admission office told reporters that they had taken note of Wanling's condition, but after "serious" evaluation and consideration, they made the decision to revoke it.

This case has led to an impassioned response from online netizens.

One said: "This is very ridiculous. Obviously, it's discrimination against disabled people. The Admission office people are brainless!"

Another comment, from hxr52 said: "I've been thinking a lot on this issue. I feel really bad about it. It's so unfair. But kid, jiayou. I wish you good luck!"

Sources: CCTV News, Shanghaiist

Taufik Batisah video sparks hilarious parodies

Taufik Batisah posing for the cameras.

On his way to meet his fans to break fast during Ramadan on July 25, Singaporean singer Taufik Batisah posted an Instagram video, asking his fans where they were.

While his first post did not have the hashtag, subsequent posts by Taufik and his fans included the hashtags #awakkatmane.

The hashtag is a colloquial Malay phrase for asking "Where are you?"

In the video Taufik, oozing charm, tells his fans that he is on the way to meet them and then asks his fans where they are now using the now famous line.

Some of the parodies are pretty funny as his fans added their own brand of humour to the videos.

Even the characters from the Avengers made a contribution to the hashtag.

The man himself then updated his Facebook page with this.

Photo: Facebook screen capture

The post tells his fans that he has something in store for them on Aug 9.

Questions abound as to what exactly he has up his sleeve, but in any case you can bet your bottom dollar that we will definitely keep you up to date.

Source: Instagram, Facebook

Cause of car crash: Drinking, drugs or stolen $112 python?

Firefighters were stunned to find a python wrapped around Sarah Espinosa.

They thought they would find blood, broken glass and an injured woman.

Instead, firefighters rushing to help the woman who crashed into their station found a python on her chest.

What's even more bizarre: She had reportedly stolen the small ball python from a nearby pet shop called Petco.

Police said Sarah Espinosa, 22, lost control of her 2010 Toyota Prius around 7 pm on Monday night while driving on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park on Long Island.

ABC News, citing a police report, said Espinosa’s vehicle "collided with two fire trucks parked in the firehouse causing damage to the vehicles".

"We heard a loud bang and then a second loud bang," said New Hyde Park Chief Steven Waldron.

"As soon as she went through the doors, firefighters began the rescue."

The fire station door needed emergency repairs and the bumper of one fire truck was damaged.

The police report said marijuana was found on Espinosa at the time of the accident.

She was treated and released from a hospital.

The snake was returned to its home at the store, where it is awaiting an owner for about US$90 (S$112).

Espinosa has been charged with reckless endangerment, petty larceny, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The Legal Aid attorney representing Espinosa entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.

Held on US$5,000 bail, she is due back in court on Aug 7, Newsday reported.

No firefighters were injured in the accident.

Sources: ABC News, Newsday

How Justin Bieber saved this Russian fisherman's life from bear attack

Igor Vorozhbitsyn's ringtone of Justin Bieber's Baby saved him from a potentially fatal bear attack.
Igor Vorozhbitsyn's ringtone of Justin Bieber's Baby saved him from a potentially fatal bear attack.

What do Orlando Bloom and a bear have in common?

Well, they apparently both think that Justin Bieber is un-bearable (pun most definitely intended).

The 20-year-old popstar's 2010 hit Baby literally saved a Russian fisherman's life from a bear.

Igor Vorozhbitsyn was heading to his favourite fishing spot in Russia's Yakutia Republic when a bear pounced on him and started clawing at him.

The fisherman, who suffered cuts and severe bruises to his face and chest, was certain he was going to die... until Bieber came to the rescue.

Vorozhbitsyn's mobile phone rang as he was being clawed, and his ringtone was none other than Justin Bieber's Baby.

And it scared the bear away.

The relieved Vorozhbitsyn said: "I couldn't believe my luck when the phone went off and he fled."

But the more pertinent question had yet to be answered: "Why in the world does a 42-year-old Russian fisherman have Baby as his ringtone?"

Thankfully, there is a valid answer.

"I know that sort of ringtone isn't to everyone's taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke," said Vorozhbitsyn.

Hmmmm, we'll give you the benefit of the doubt, Mr Vorozhbitsyn.

In case you need a refresher, here's the video.



And while this bear is not a fan of Bieber, it appears that cows are definitely Lorde fans.

Watch these cows come running when a farmer pays Royals on the trombone.




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Sources: Mail Online, New York Post


Hashtag, bling, emo and meh are among new Scrabble words

Young players of the classic word game Scrabble, perhaps disenfranchised by its decade-old lexicon, can "chillax" now that this multi-generational favorite is being updated to speak the language of the millennials.

The fifth edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, published by Merriam-Webster, goes on sale Wednesday (Aug 6) and includes 5,000 new words that editors say will help the 66-year-old game stay relevant.

Some older players and Scrabble purists might find the inclusion of words like "bromance" and "selfie" to be a "buzzkill" because some of the additions seem so fresh.

But most of the additions are likely to be long-studied and time-tested, with obvious staying power, said Grant Barrett, a San Diego dictionary editor and co-host of the nationwide public radio show "A Way with Words."

Photo: AFP

"The list is, to me, a great step forward," Barrett said. "I think you've got to add the new words. Otherwise you risk this turning into an archaic game that nobody wants to play because the daily language isn't accepted there. It's got to keep up."

"It's not just the words that get into society," said Chris Cree, co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association in Dallas, which oversaw the update. "They are also words that have the potential of sticking around." - Reuters​

Here are some of the new words and the points you'd get if you used them:

  1. Bromance - 14 points
  2. Selfie - 9 points
  3. Buzzkill - 32 points
  4. Chillax - 19 points
  5. Hashtag - 14 points
  6. Dubstep - 12 points
  7. Texter - 13 points
  8. Meh - 8 points
  9. Geocache - 16 points
  10. Emo - 5 points
  11. Bling - 8 points
  12. Mixtape - 18 points
  13. Beatbox - 18 points


Baby drowns in mop bucket after mum leaves her for a few minutes

Little Mariella Dalimata died tragically days before turning one year old.

She would have turned one in 10 days.

Tragically, little Mariella Dalimata never got to celebrate her first birthday.

The baby girl died on Saturday, after she drowned at home. She had overbalanced and tipped head-first into a bucket that had been filled with water ready for mopping, Mirror reported.

Her mother had left the room for less than five minutes.


Now the money that her family had been saving up to celebrate her first birthday will be spent on her funeral.

Well-wishers are also donating to the bereaved family on and, as at 9.30am Aug 6, have raised US$4,835 (S$6,030) of the targeted US$5,000.

Police have found no evidence of foul play and are treating the tragedy as an “accidental death,” one which has left her parents, Kayla and Mark Dalimata, from Montana devastated.

Ms Brooke Schwab, Mariella’s aunt, confirmed that the little girl had been on her own for no more than four minutes.

She  said that the tragedy should remind other parents to “be aware of just how quick drowning can happen. We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses.”

Sources: Mirror, rtlec,

Rodgers warns van Gaal, who plays it cool

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal speaking to the media during a news conference at the club's Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on July 17, 2014.

Grab your popcorn folks because the cat fight has started early.

Fresh from being defeated by Louis van Gaal in the International Champions Cup last Monday (Aug 6), Liverpool manager has warned van Gaal that he will not find the Premier League easy.

The two teams will only meet each other in the Premier League on December 13, but Rodgers was keen to let van Gaal know that he will will find the competition tougher than anything he has experience before, reported The Guardian.

"I think the competition will probably take him by surprise, and that’s from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years. I’ve worked closely with foreign players, and that real physical competitive nature will be different to anywhere else he’s worked before," Rodgers said.

“I think what he’ll find is the competition in this league will be different from any other league that he’s worked in," he added.

Van Gaal's response?

Daily Mail reported that that he responded with a smile "of a man who knows what to expect".

"That's why I'm here," he said.

"OK maybe he is right because I have to experience that, but I was also in Spain and in my first year I won three titles. In Germany I won two titles. If I win one here, we will all be happy." He added.

The Premier League kicks off on Aug 16 and if these two continue their banter, the 2014/2015 season will certainly be something to look forward to.

And to think that we have not thrown the affable Jose Mourinho into the mix yet.

Source: The Guardian, Daily Mail, Premier League, Reddit

Mum had sex with son, 12, as lover watched via webcam

A Bristol moither was jailed three years and three months for having sex with her son, 12.

Mothers care for and protect their children.

But this 39-year-old mum showed her love in a depraved way - by sexually abusing her son, 12, in a bedroom at the family home in Bristol, while her partner directed her in the "sex lesson" as he watched from overseas on a webcam.

She was jailed three years and three months on Monday (Aug 4), British media reported.

The boy told police he could hear his mum being told what to do. She wore headphones so her perverted lover could direct her.

The offence came to light last October when the mum made a complaint about her partner to a domestic abuse charity. In the process, she "blurted out" that she had abused the elder boy.

The court heard her "highly destructive" partner has so far escaped justice, British newspaper Mirror reported.

"Your behaviour towards your son was contrary to human instincts and basic decency," judge Michael Longman told the mother when passing sentence. She cannot be named to protect her son.

"It occurred after you met a man who clearly... should be prosecuted himself but is outside the jurisdiction and beyond the reach of this investigation," the judge added.

"But you continued to behave towards your son in a way which, despite that pressure, your own instincts should have prevented."

The court heard the boy was just 11 or 12 when the sordid incident took place.

The mum - who cried through much of the hearing - denied "volunteering" to have sex with her son,  reported The Bristol Post.

But she admitted a charge of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 13.

Abusive partner at large

Her two sons have since been taken into care by social services and are now living with a foster family.

The court heard the mum's abusive partner is still abroad but police are liaising with officials overseas to bring him to justice.

Defence lawyer Fiona Elder said the mother was "absolutely devastated by the loss of the children and what she has done".

A psychiatric report found the mum had a personality disorder which made her susceptible to being in abusive relationships and becoming dependent on abusive partners.

Sources: Mirror, Mail Online, The Bristol Post

Tags: sick, mother, sex and son

Watch how scientists capture sound - with a camera

You might want to be careful about what you say in the future - someone could be listening to your conversation via a harmless looking piece of trash on the floor.

A bunch of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft and Adobe have been putting their brilliant minds together to create a visual microphone - a device which visually picks up sound.

Through their research, they have figured out how to extract sound simply by figuring out the minute vibrations from ambient objects using high-speed cameras.

One of their experiments involved deciphering the voice of someone reciting Mary Had A Little Lamb by recording a bag of potato chips from a room made of sound-proof glass - and the results have been quite amazing.

You'll have to hear it to believe it, so watch the video in the gallery above.

You can also click here to find out more about the project.

Source: The Visual Microphone website, PetaPixel, YouTube

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